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Muy Bueno!


If you like Mexican food, you’ll love this breakfast.  Surprise your family and make breakfast for everyone.  Make sure you have permission to use the stove.

Eggs with Tortilla Chips, Salsa, and Cheese


1 1/2 tablespoons unsalted butter

10 eggs

2 tablespoons milk or water

1 teaspoon

Kosher salt

1/4 teaspoon

Freshly ground black pepper

1 cup shredded Monterey jack cheese

3/4 cup salsa (drained)

1 cup crushed tortilla chips


  1. Heat butter in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat.
  2. Meanwhile, in a large bowl, whisk together the eggs, milk, 1 teaspoon kosher salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Pour into the pan and cook, stirring occasionally, to your desired doneness, 4 to 5 minutes, adding cheese just before they’re set. Fold in salsa and chips.




Chicks and Salsa by Aaron Reynolds

Soon after the chickens tire of their feed and decide to make tortilla chips and salsa, all the other animals on Nuthatcher Farm start to crave southwestern cuisine


Dragons love tacos by Adam Rubin

Did you know Dragons love tacos? They love any kind of tacos. If you want dragons at your party, serve tacos, but please forget the salsa or you’ll be sorry!


Friday Funnies …

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Just a few of the entries in this book:

Knock, Knock!

Who’s there?


Satin who?

Sat in something icky, gotta change my pants!

Question:  What did the police officers do when they crashed their car into a bakery?

Answer:  They made copcakes!

Question:  Why did the mop sign up for a self-defense class?

Answer:  Because everyone tried to wipe the floor with it!

To find these and other awesome jokes, check out J818.602 Musgrave:  Just Joking 3

From Glue to Glory!

Kids make beautiful projects from papier-mache: an elephant and a bookworm!


We’ll start by showing you the ingredients needed to make your project, then we’ll show you the glorious art created by children from Albany.


Ingredients to Make Papier Mache Paste:

Flour, Water, Salt

You will also need these items:

Measuring Cup, Large Bowl, Stirring Spoon

Start out by measuring your flour into the bowl. Start with one cup of flour. Add one and a half cups of water. Stir this mixture well getting out lumps. You want it to be like runny batter. Add a teaspoon or two of salt. (Salt helps prevent mold that may form while project is drying.)

This amount of papier mache paste should be enough to do an entire medium-sized project. If you make more paste, remember to mix 2 parts flour with approximately 3 parts water.

Take your time creating your project. Apply glue and newspaper strips one layer at a time and let each layer dry at least 24 hours before you apply the next.

Store your paste between uses in a tightly covered container in the refrigerator. Always stir the paste before you start your next layer. Make sure all the parts of the paste are well-mixed before you start dipping paper strips into the paste.

Make a structure to give your sculpture an interesting shape. To make a Heart, as you see further down this page, use a hanger for a base and shape it into a heart. Then build up the sculpture, using layers of thin paper. Layer the strips on balloons if you want fantastic shapes. Strips of newspaper work well because they can be shaped easily.

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From Glue to Glory! Look at the beautiful art created by kids in Albany. Their teaching artist, Lisa Norman, believes that kids should be given paints and materials of the best quality so they will know how beautiful their art can be. By thinking and planning a design, then enjoying the experience of creation, kids create stunning sculptures. We display these sculptures throughout our library.

On a class trip to the library, these fourth graders saw their art on the shelves!

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Here are some students who found their hearts on the shelves. Families and friends (and little brothers) were happy!

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Here’s a proud student in front of her papier-mache mask! We called this display, “The Guardians of Wonder.”


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All this art was made by kids. You can do this, too! We hope to see your art at a local library.

Kids Flash Mob!

Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum & Planetarium

Home Tombs!  Mummies!  All sorts of ancient Egyptian artifacts await you at Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum & Planetarium, one of the favorite tourist sites in San Jose. Located in the beautiful Rosicrucian Park, with palm trees and Egyptian-style buildings everywhere. The museum itself contains an extensive array of artifacts, jewelry and displays of Egyptian antiquity. The tour in the cavernous tomb below the museum is especially replete with information and entertainment. Through the interactive displays, visitors will get an in-depth look at the nature of life in ancient Egypt.


1660 Park Avenue
San Jose CA 95191

Museum Hours

Wednesday – Friday: 9:00am – 5:00pm
Saturday and Sunday: 10:00am – 6:00pm
Monday – Tuesday: Closed

Museum Admissions

$9.00 general admission*
$7.00 seniors 55 and older and students with I.D.
$5.00 children ages 5 – 10
Free on Wed – Fri from 4 pm to 5 pm
Children under 5 are always free!


You wouldn’t want to…

There are so many funny books! Jokes, riddles, stories, poems…

But did you know that you could read about hard cold facts in a funny way too?

Check out the You Wouldn’t Want to... series! These books combine comics, cartoons and history all in one fun read. Here are just a few to tickle your funny bone:

Electricity Antibiotics

railroad wild west



And in closing, you wouldn’t want to…be a cat, because of this:

You Have Seen People Making Their Cats Wear All Kinds Of Silly Things. But This... OMG.

Happy weekend!

Crafty Thursday

musicDo you love music, but get frustrated that you don’t play perfectly? Love to sing but don’t sound like your favorite singer? That’s okay! Nobody’s perfect, but you can get better with practice. And it’s important to have fun!

You don’t need an expensive instrument — you can make music with anything! Clap your hands – that’s music! Whistle, hum, or sing, by yourself, with a friend, or in a group. It’s all music. You can make musical instruments yourself, and you can find books at the Library that show you how! Here are a few:

high-tech diy High-Tech DIY Projects With Musical Instruments by Maggie Murphy

“Provides information about music, instruments, and sound while offering step-by-step instructions on how to make musical instruments, including diddley bows, drums, and shakers.”                      [J784.1923 MURPHY]

make your own musical Make Your Own Musical Instruments by Anna-Marie D’Cruz

“Introduces musical instruments, discusses the role of music in cultures and religions around the world, and provides instructions for making eight different instruments out of easily available materials.”                  [J784.1923 D’CRUZ]

musical instruments from a to z Musical Instruments From A to Z by Bobbie Kalman

“An alphabetical introduction to different types of musical instruments, describing their origins and how to play them.”                           [J784.19 KALMAN]

music everywhere Music Everywhere by Maya Ajmera

“Photographs from around the world celebrate the universal joy that kids get from making music, whether they’re playing instruments, clapping their hands, stomping their feet, or singing. Music can help express one child’s feelings—or it can bring a whole community together.”        [J781.17 AJMERA]

Lots of great ideas on the web also:

african drums http://www.kinderart.com/teachers/9instruments.shtml





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